Here starts the cycle of hate

Today, I wanted to talk about my experience in a little nice cafe in the center of Buenos Aires, and about my thoughts on “certified exams” such as the CAE, which I’m taking today and tomorrow.
But, unfortunately for that very interesting topic, something else caught my eye today.

Rusia, shame on you. This phrase will open and close the topic.
I’m part Russian. My great-grandfather and his wife were Russian, and that shows now-a-days in my very pale complexion, blond hair, and clear grey eyes. His name was Leon, and I really admire his story, as told by my grandma.
Apparently, he was born in a very small town in the big and cold country, with very few people, even fewer kids, and a single teacher who went from neighbor towns to his’ during the week to teach. There, the man discovered that Leon was an incredibly intelligent kid, faster than most children his age, and also eager to learn. His speed usually got him to the point where he wouldn’t have anything left to do while the rest of the kids were still stuck halfway-through, so he got quite bored in class, and soon enough lost all interest in that small school.
You see, Leon wanted more. He wanted to see what was beyond his parents’ field, where they worked all day; he wanted to discover how the world looked like -not by books, but through his very eyes. He wanted to grow as a person and become a successful and knowledgeable man. And, you know what? I’ve felt the same since I was a little kid.

So, as you can see, I really feel I have a strong connection with this man I’ve never met, but who inspires me so. He is almost the only reason why I feel some sort of longing towards Russia, as if something mysterious was tying me to that place.

And, as if he wasn’t enough of a reason, there’s also my father. Did you know he was a militant communist until 1989, an year before the destruction of the Berlin Wall? Even during his teenage years, when the military practically prohibited anything that was red, my father and his parents still read about communism, discussed it, and dreamed of the most widely shared utopia in the world. Russia, for them, was the place where the dreamed land could come true.
Of course, we know how that ended up; but, nonetheless, there’s no denying that Russia was one of the very first communist experiments, and that adds some sentimental value to it.

Once, so far ahead its time. Now, it lives in the middle ages again.

You may be wondering why on earth am I talking about Russia and what connects me to it. To that I answer that you should read the news more.
Today, a law censoring “non-traditional sexual relationships propaganda” towards the Russian children, was passed by the country’s legislative representative, with almost an unanimity.
Now, I won’t talk about how the lack of semantic specificity allows for abuses of this law; I think that’s pretty obvious in and of itself.
This, as you might guess, was an anti-LGBT project.
What Russia is doing, is preparing the way for a generation of hateful human beings to take up the country in the future. And hateful citizens make for hateful countries.
Under the excuse of “protect the children from deprivation”, and using the church as a shield, homophobic groups have put enough pressure on the country’s agenda and representatives to make sure that their children will be able to happily live inside a bubble of racism for the rest of their childhood. Good for them, uh?

“Ignorance is power”, Orwell chose as one of 1984’s fascist government’s mottoes. Like this, Russian kids will grow up separated from those depraved beasts, focusing only in the good ol’ bible’s handful of traditions and morals, and will, thus, have the excuse of ignorance to hate unreasonably on the LGBT community. This is no different from making kids read about how Jews are all greedy and mean, and how they all have big noses with a big nasty hairy spot where they end; the result is the same: blind, unjustified fear. And with fear, comes hate. With hate, comes violence. And then, the cycle of blood starts.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the next nutzo to claim unlimited power in the world and declare war against humanity, had a specially harsh speech against the LGBT. Neither would it surprise me if he/she was Russian.

I’m disappointed, and worried about the future of the children in Europe. With this, and the episodes of violence occurring lately in France, I seriously think any LGBT member in that continent, or any person who supports them there, is going to have some though times ahead.
Be strong. Even though there shouldn’t be a need to even have to explain why everyone deserves the same rights and privileges, you shall. And, as you are speaking from love and respect, you know your arguments will hold up to those who only preach hate towards what they can’t, or refuse to, understand.

Have faith, not in an invisible god, but in the will of those who understand. Look upon Latin America and it’s example of inclusion, and thrive for a similar future for your people.

Oh, and:
Shame on you, Russia.

Thanks for reading.
Mila.

Ah, Royalty…

I’ve just read LizEccentric7’s article on Vlad Tepes, giving out some interesting facts, and writting about her hypothesis on the circumstances of some moments of his life, as well as his death.

At some point, however, Liz let’s us know that recently, Prince Charles admitted that he is distantly related to the Impaler’s family line, and she questions if that was a smart idea:

Prince Charles admits to being related to Vlad:  I found it interesting that Prince Charles publicly claimed that genealogy shows that he is a distant relative of Vlad the Impaler. The claim accompanied his announcement of a pledge to help conserve the forested areas of Transylvania. Prince Charles admits to being related to a family of people who were mass murderers, to conserve a forest? I would NEVER admit to this fact, would you? Never want my name associated with the of “Vlad, the impaler.” Prince Charles has some guts, that’s for sure!

Well, personally, I don’t see why not.
Nowadays it is not a secret that the Royalty all over Europe has it’s hands drenched in blood, accumulated through-out history.

It doesn’t matter what period of time you want to talk about, until about half of the XX century, there have always been multiple killings in the crowns’ behalf.

And not just killings, that’s not the worst.

What bothers me more, is the mere existence of a Royalty in Europe in the XXI century. There is no real need for it; they represent the exact contrary to Democracy and a Republic.

The Royalty itself is, together with the Vatican (they are kind of the same thing, in my humble opinion), the most clear representation of retrograds: hatred, elitism, discrimination… The kind of power and ideals that pulls the whole humanity back.

And yet, they have the public’s acceptance.

Prince Charles’ relationship with Vlad the Impaler doesn’t bother me. Now, the fact that he is ‘Prince’ sickens me.

Just a thought…

Transgenics

Every time I read a north-american or european report on nutrition, agriculture, or food’s business, the topic of transgenics rises up. It seems that the northern world is afraid of them.

The last year, countries like Germany started a debate over the honey they were importing from Argentina, claiming that the bees used to fabricate it took the pollen from genetically modified cultivation around the zone they were working on, and thus, the honey was dangerous.

You see, according to lasts years’ numbers, Argentina is the world’s second regarding honey production, and the world’s first regarding it’s exportation, as 95% of it’s production is meant for the external market. The principal destinies are: Germany, the UK, the USA, Italy, Canada, Japan and Australia (source).

So, if our principal client for this product claims that he won’t be accepting our products anymore, as long as it has traces of genetically modified species, how do you think that’d affect us?

The problem between the europeans and transgenics, has a common purposes and ideals with enviromental ONGs. In fact, if you dig up in the laws and statements behind the prohibition of transgenics in some countries in europe, you’ll stumble upon this organizations’ fighting and pressing for it to happen.

Argentina has three different transgenic cultivation approved by the nation’s standards: cotton, corn, and soy. Those three are cultivated through-out the whole country, are perfectly safe, and commercialized inside and outside of Argentina.

I think most people’s fears for transgenics are funded. Let’s look over some facts:

  • Definition: “Transgenic plants are plants that have been genetically modified by inserting genes directly into a single plant cell. Transgenic crop plants modified for improved flavor, pest resistance, or some other useful property are being used increasingly” (source).
  • The fact that they are more resistant to pests, means the usage of dangerous pesticides is lowered, as they are not needed. In other words, less chemicals needed for transgenic cultivation.
  • To start freely selling and cultivating transgenic seeds, they must be first approved after going through very strict tests and exams, as well as fulfilling every single requirement asked by the law. In Argentina, the process to approve a finished seed can last for around 5 years before finally being legalized. So go figure.
  • Transgenical seeds are sometimes modified to have more resistance to extreme weathers, so they can grow in places where it would’ve been impossible for them to grow before. This is incredibly helpful for countries that are not geographically or metheorologically beneficed for agriculture.
  • It adds to the value of the final product, the seed, as it has been injected with knowledge developed by a country’s fourth kind of industry. This is important for countries that are developing, like mine.

So, with all of this said, we can get to a conclusion. Transgenics makes it possible to cultivate on zones where it was impossible before, expanding the limits of most countries’ agropecuary capabilities, it allows for the less usage of what could be dangerous chemicals, as they’re not needed anymore for the plant now defends itself, making the cultivation healthier, and it allows countries with an agro-exporter economy to get more money for their products, while they have also been proved to be completely safe.

What universal issue do you think transgenics help to solve, knowing all this?

Exactly.

HUNGER.

GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are a key part of what will be the fight for a solution for the most endemic situation in the whole world. And this is why the largest interests don’t like them very much.

You see, a country deep in hunger and desperation, is a country with accessible workers, who’d work for nothing if that lets them have some more food, and can be easily replaced by others like them. This is what has been happening in Africa, the south of Asia, and Latin-America for the last centuries, and to the day. And this is why those interests don’t want you to like, or even know, about transgenics.

If you are against GMOs, and have been fighting against them ’till now, then I urge you to look for information elsewhere. Close that book your favorite ONG gave you, and look for scientific facts. You’ll find them if you truly look for them.
You will probably also find, that you have been consuming products that, at some point, had something to do with GMOs, without you even knowing. In the USA, for example, transgenic cotton is approved, and being cultivated freely. Some of your favorite clothes may have been done with it.

So, what are your opinions on this subject? Were you aware of some of the things said here?

-Mila.